This easy Cranberry Gin liqueur has the zingy sweet-sour taste of fresh cranberries. Make it for your family or give as a seasonal gift.
- 200 g (7 oz) cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 200 g (7 oz) caster sugar (superfine sugar)
- 400 ml (17 fl oz) gin
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (optional)
- If using frozen cranberries, allow to defrost.
- Wash the cranberries thoroughly. Prick each of them several times with a sharp knife. This will allow the juice – and flavour – to transfer to the gin.
Put the cranberries into a sterilised jar. Add the sugar and then the gin. Make sure the gin covers all the cranberries.
Add the sprigs of rosemary.
Shake thoroughly to ensure it is mixed.
Seal the jar and leave in a cool, dry, dark place for two weeks.
At the end of that time, the gin is ready to drink. Strain the gin into sterilised bottles through a clean muslin or cotton cloth held in a funnel and it will keep for approximately six months.
You can sterilise your jar by washing it in warm, soapy water, rinsing well and then drying off for 15 minutes in an oven set at 140C/120C fan/gas 1.
Although it only takes 30 minutes preparation time, you will need to allow four weeks for the flavour to develop.
You can scale this recipe up or down according to how much cranberry gin you want to make. Simply double, triple or quadruple the quantities of all ingredients to make more and halve to make less.
Keywords: cranberry, cranberries, gin